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. this view of america's islamist enemy is unfortunate endemic in both u.s. political parties, much of the u.s. and western media, and perhaps most damaging, much of the academy, especially and most prestigious universities. it is in my judgment that this is almost entirely without substantiation. and it continues to be washington's working assumption, america will slowly but surely be defeated with a loss of prestige, plot, financial solvency, and domestic political cohesion. we will lose not because any of these threats are stronger than we are. that certainly is not the case. america's myopic indeed can america's myopic coming elite and its media acolytes have taken enemies who are each in military capability, at most the puny five-foot tall, even sandals, and made them into 10-foot tall and still growing behemoths. the three threats i'm going to speak about are those posed by iran, saudi arabia and al qaeda and its allies. taking these three threats, each of which is based in the persian gulf, let us first look at the smallest least threatening threat, that which comes from iran. since our
minister to questions on several issues including how u.s.-china relations are affected by taiwan and restrictions on foreign journalists working in china. this half-hour portion as courtesy of china's central television. the english translation follows the chinese. >> i have two questions. last year we saw some china and u.s. relations in particular because of the u.s. arms sales to taiwan. it caused strains on the china u.s. ties. how do you see the future of this financial relationship? what will be the reaction from the chinese side of the united states further sells weapons to taiwan? second, foreign journalists encountered some difficulties and restrictions in their reporting activities in china in the past weeks. some foreign journalists or even be ten. what is your comment? >> [speaking chinese] >> translator: first i would like to say that we all know president hu jintao paid a visit to the united states of the invitation of president barack obama last january. that visit achieved full success. an important agreement was reached between the leaders of the two countries an
, despite many conflicts, challenges and eevelopment, u.s. foreign assistance is making a challenge difference with children being reunited with their families after being attacked did, traffic reviews. low-income women are accessing judicial system for the first time and we are encouragingbeing expansion of the program.ked health care workers are gaining skills necessary.s are gaining skills necessary for cure rative measures. across areas where foreign assistance is needed, we are promoting approach that addresses long-term sustainable development. members of the subcommittee, thank you for your attention and i look forward to answering your questions and providing additional information. thank you for your testimony. >> let me start off by, mr. aflak in his testimony with regards to the elections. i would ask whether or not you think that gap would be bridged and by whom? he requests that the u.s. government takes a hard look and asks if offering the assistance to truly support a free and fair election is there. >> with regards to the strategy, is that going to be coming soon or
to do with china and are essential to get right to make sure the u.s. and european countries are on track. >> host: it's almost as if there's a couple of different books in one book. there is your story of the decline of the west, your story of the rise of the east and the lines are going to cross. >> guest: i think this is you can argue there's an absolute part for short talking about the west and its isolation and issues going out there and going in an amazing time and other european economies have done the unthinkable moving hundreds of millions of people out of poverty so this is going to naturally be able to question as well. >> host: let's talk about what is going wrong in the west. >> guest: first of all its important that in terms of the context of my work i talk about the unintended consequences, things that sound like a good intentions but actually yield bad outcomes and what i have done is to focus on the three key ingredients economists focus on as the drivers of economic growth and there is a capital that is basically money, labor that is the work force and then
group for piracy off the coast of somalia and out of that has emerged for workgroups. the u.s. leads a workgroup on working with the maritime industry of situational awareness. this is called worker three. what we look at our trends. so far this fiscal year which commenced on the first of what tober. we spent 81 piracy events. of those 37 were successful. again, what the fight by fight lane dollars payoff. if you are 3781, that would probably get you in the hall of fame if your plane based all. and these are generally viewed from a country where the daily wages maybe $2 a day. the site by $5 million sun is a lucrative business to be in. if you have a large diaspora within somalia, and a largely unemployed youth, this is literally at the opportunity of a lifetime. so what is working? we have to the international maritime organization a number of best management practices again for commercial vessels with height reports, it typically means providing -- eliminating the need to access the vessel, but ultimately increasing speed. other vessels that infuse these best management practices t
, can you talk a little bit about as a result of their trip last week, what adjustments you feel the u.s. military needs to be making right now and needs to be working on because of the changes and events in terms of the u.s. oteri relationship with any of these countries? secretary gates, a baker advice on that as well. >> i'm not sure about some significant adjustments right away. i think it's really important to stay engaged with them and as i said listen to what their concerns are. they actually want us to stay with them milks the mill. i want to see, you know, the assistance immediately cut off. they won a chance in their own countries to work on this kind of change specifically. i've engaged my counterparts a number of time. they greatly appreciate the relationship and are working their way through it and they appreciate the support. it is really for them to work for this and they want to sustain the relationship. we may have to adjusted over time, but they're certainly not calling for any significant change right now. >> i would say can i just pick up on the chairman's point. i th
that have nothing to do with china and essential to get right to make sure the u.s. and european countries are back on track. >> host: it's like a couple different books in one book. there's the story of the decline of the west, the rise of the east, and the basic premise of the lines are going to cross. >> guest: you can argue there's an absolute part for sure talking about the west in isolation and what the issues are going on there, and then, of course, we live in an amazing time of china and other emerging economies have done the unthinkable, moving hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty. of course, that's answering the ire relative question as well which is what i've done in the book. >> host: let's start by talking about what's going wrong in the west. >> guest: sure. first of all, i think it's really important in terms of context of my work, entalk about unintended consequences, good intentions, but yields bad outcomes. what i've done in the book is focus on the three key ingredients. those are capital, basically money, labor, which is basically the work force, and then fina
tomorrow on what happened in japan and lessons learned for the u.s., what do you think you're going to s learnsome. >> guest: we're going to have a meeting tomorrow with the full commission at the nrc to get an update on the current status onm the situation in japan. we'll probably have a brief discussion then about what kind of impact radiation can have for the public, and then we'll take a look at some things, kind ofei plan for a plan for how we intend to go forward to do our review and look at what, what kinds of thing we may need tod look at for the u.s. nuclear reactors. >> host: and with the fukushima plant in particular, we're told this morning that two of the six reactors are now under control, but japanese officialsix indicating this facility eventually will have to be shut down. >> guest: welling right nowwill we're continuing to -- well, right now we're continuing to monitor the situation. we have a team of 11 nrc experts who are in tokyo, and they're working with their counterparts there to get information. right now our focus continues to be to insure cooling for three of t
foreign policy program for the region, highly dependent on the u.s. and western support. iran is qualitatively different. they have been politically independent. and is to give you an example of how the regime despite all of its failings, up until 2009i would argue that it still had a certain degree of legitimacy. that is reflected in the fact that in 2009 we had a phenomenal event or about 80-85 percent of the electorate shows up to the ballot box to cast a vote hoping this people who voted for the opposition, the they could change the course of the public, not drastically, but change back to the performance days. the fact that people were voting in high numbers suggests that they believe the electoral system had a certain degree of legitimacy. it could shift the direction which speaks to a certain degree of legitimacy. no wonder is this now because the 2009 elections were largely stolen, but up until 2009 you did have a certain degree of legitimacy as reflected in the high voter turnout. never been in evidence anywhere in egypt or tunisia to the same extent that we have seen
and women of the u.s. c services. i very much appreciate the support today and i would like to recognize dan branch to get the executive director for the contributions to put this together. now for the core of today's event. the united nations estimates indian ocean piracy costs 5 to $7 billion annually. though there are only a few attacks that make news they still occur on a daily basis as the tragedy proved last month with the deaths of four american hostages. parts are increasingly resilient, bold and adaptive free fighting tactics by implementing -- increasing manpower through recruitment. the real question is how can the global community meet this evolving fret be on the horn of africa. looking at numbers as much as $238 million in 2010, which was roughly $5.5 million. to enter these questions about piracy we have assembled a panel of the steamed experts who delivered a brief opening remarks and answer your questions. i will introduce four of them to you now. to my right terence mcknight has commanded numerous ships for the u.s. navy as well as multiple assignments on land for the up th
almost $2 billion in appropriations and putting the u.s. taxpayer on the hook for another $40 billion in potential liabilities. mr. secretary, this committee never consented to these increases, authorization bills are needed for each bank spelling out specific forms and possibility withholding funds until forms are met. i can't support writing blank checks to the institutions. capital increases will be extremely difficult to justify without convincing evidence that the taxpayer dollars will be used in a more effective and transparent manner than they have been used in the past. mr. secretary, i predict the subcommittee will face difficult choices. we'll have to look at each request to determine what is critical to our national security. we must prioritize spending by looking at what works, what is good oversight, and what is not duplicated elsewhere. i urge you to approach the subcommittee with your request in that context today and as the year progresses. finally, i want to mention the unique role the treasury department plays in u.s. foreign policy. your work to administer sanctions
sure the u.s. and european countries are on the right track. >> host: is almost like there's a couple of different books in one book. there is your story of the decline of the west. the rise of the east, and i guess the basic premise is that the lines are going to cross. >> you can argue that there is an absolute part talking about the west and its isolation and with the issues are going on there and of course we live in an easing time when china and the other emerging economies have done the unthinkable moving these people of poverty so it is going to be in the year relevant question as well which is what i have done in the book. >> let's start by talking about what is going on in the west. >> guest: sure. i think it's important that in terms of the context of my work i talked about the unintended consequences, things that seemingly undersurface from the good intention but actually yield bad outcomes and what i've done in this book is to focus on the three key ingredients that economists focus on as the drivers of economic growth and those are capital which is basically money. lieber
: a people interrupted published in 2007. iran: the green movement in the u.s.a. the fox and the paradox published last year and available for this evening. the world is my home, a hamid dabashi reader also published last year. and just outcome is she is in, a religion of protest. her blond eyebrow man, distinguished professor of iranian and middle eastern politics at beirut college. his books include iran between two revolution, published in 1982 and widely referred to as the meanest real reference point. tortured confessions in public recantation in modern iran published in 1999 and most recently come a history of modern iran published in 2008. hamid dabashi teaches middle eastern studies at records and is a frequent contributor to a range of publications including tehran bureau. her current research interests include political arts and music in iran, women and gender and fundamentalist religious communities in north america and women's rights movements in iran and the global comparative context. nader hashemi teaches middle eastern islamic politics at the joseph corbo is too cool for
the u.s. would support? >> i would say we are looking at all options, andy. we want to isolate baghdad. >> has the u.s. consulted with echo on this idea? >> i don't know on that idea. we continue in closed consultation on a variety of options. >> they are feeling the pressure from the national community? >> i don't think i said that. we are trying to increase pressure on him so he feeled isolated. we feel his threat to nationalize the cocoa industry in an effort to gain funds clearly show that the sanctions that we've leveled against him are having an affect. yeah, go ahead. >> the u.n. security council resolution is concerned -- >> we shifted to libya? everybody is -- >> are you done? >> thank you, matt. for keeping me on target here. i do want to shoot briefly, then i'll go to your question. i apologize. just two other things. the united states congratulated the human rights council in geneva on the special repertoire on iran, and this represents a significant step forward for the people of iran and the council. the people of iran despite every attempt by the iranian government to si
] [inaudible conversations] >>> top officials from the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission told senators today that the damaged nuclear power plant in japan, quote come continues to further stabilize, and that there have been no radiation readings in the u.s. the might be of concern. these remarks came before the meeting of the senate energy and natural resources committee. other speakers included officials from the energy department, the nuclear energy institute and the union of concerned scientists. this is an hour and 45 minutes. >> thank you for being here. this is a briefing. this is not a hearing has such. the reason we try to it as a briefing is so that people wouldn't have to file written testimony 72 hours ahead of time and all of that and things are changing very quickly with regard to the evolving situation that the nuclear power plant. will the committee doesn't have direct oversight on the safety of u.s. nuclear plants we do have to consider how events such as those affect the ability of the nation's nuclear fleet of 104 reactors to supply electricity, this of course the 104 react
was a career foreign service officer with u.s. department of state. is also been a teacher of history, international relations and aerial studies at bluefield college, the nazis military academy and the foreign service institute. he holds a doctorate from university of north carolina at chapel hill. i'm pleased him in welcoming my colleague, roy walser. ray? >> thank you very much, john. he quickly dashed out the door but, i also head up are sort of modest segment that deals with african affairs. i also did service at the department of state in african bureau and served in that most difficult of assignments in africa, cape town, south africa, for a couple of years so it makes me obviously quite well-versed in issues, all african issues. but it's a great pleasure to bring some important experts to you today for this event. i welcome our distinguished panel who i will introduce to you in a second. i welcome our audience. thank you all very much for coming today. and i also welcome our viewers on c-span. if you offer paying attention to what is a very timely and very important issue. we
, and these are u.s. company that is have their core base here. the good news is i think if we meet the object i haves -- objectives that we've talked about, we will stimulate clean technologies, software, hardware, all of the real disruptive technologies that we are talking about. they are global, their competitors are global, they have to be global. i think if we do the right thing, we are going to do well by exports. which is real positive. >> this is a really important point. we tend to maybe think of these things in silos. but one the president's key initiatives is doubling exports over the next five years. and, of course, that involves, you know, large companies, boeing and others. when you look at the numbers, the real way we're going to do is in increasing in the small and medium-sized enterprises. turns out that 30% of the exports are from small and medium-sized enterprises. and that's disproportionally small. and there's only 250,000 small companies that export. so if you look at the math, there's almost three million small businesses $30 million smalls. xiii of them who have traded go
to morocco. this is from today's "washington journal."dway >> host: between u.s. capitol and white house's the archives located on the constitution and pennsylvania avenue and mcgowan theater is part of thest archives complex were of course america's most important documents are housed. this morning we have a group of students from four states, part of the c-span close-up program here on c-span's "washington journal." they are all ap honor students and we are pleased to welcome marc ginsburg former ambassador to morocco senior adviser tots president carter on the middle middle east and now a lawyer in washington d.c. with apple worldwide. appreciate your time. >> could to be with you. good morning. >> what is our mission in libya and what is the endgame?e >> depends on the u.s.. if you ask the french defenseme? minister is regime change in if u.s. president carter it is a humanitarian mission to prevent gadhafi's forces is a humanitarian mission to present -- prevent forces from harming innocent civilians. if u.s. the pentagon come it is to enforce a no-fly zone. if you ask susan rice a
to deteriorate? there are advertisements on the tv to help feed the children. now they are putting u.s. children in there. i wish they would amend that and make it not north american free trade but make it north american fair trade because the blue- collar labor of the united states is not surviving here. we cannot protect or clothe our own. we have to take care of home first. guest: thank you and i appreciate your thoughtful comments. i visit the food banks in westchester county, n.y., and the numbers have just increased dramatically, not just the people who are out of work, but people who have low-paying jobs and cannot afford to feed their family. that is why i and working so hard in the congress to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs. to me, this is what our primary responsibility is it. when the unemployment rate keeps climbing, we have to focus on jobs. i agree with you that putting people to work is uppermost and is why i support the programs of the small business administration. in my community, i have seen jobs in the biotech field, going from 400 to about 1600. another company that installs sola
in u.s. treasury securities. and i think it's very important that we send the message to them that even if we're not able to get our work done and -- and raise this debt limit, as i hope we will at the appropriate time, we certainly would not default on the debt that the -- that they hold. and i'll yield the balance of my time. the presiding officer: the senator from montana. mr. baucus: mr. president, i move to table the vitter for toomey amendment number 112 as modified and ask for the yeas and nays on my motion to table. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there appears to be. the clerk will call the roll. vote: vote: vote: the presiding officer: any senators wishing to vote or change their vote? if not, on this the yeas are 52. the nays are 47. the motion to table is agreed to. the senator from california. mrs. boxer: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the homeland security and governmental affairs committee be discharged from further consideration of s. 388 and the senate proceed to its immediate consideration. the presiding officer: the clerk will report.
as an acting solicitor general in the mid-90s. he argued nine cases before the u.s. supreme court. the most by a solicitor general in more than 20 years. we also have ted olson who is a partner in gibson, done and crunchers from the washington d.c. office a member of the firm's executive committee and cochair of the appellate and constitutional law group. a former solicitor general of the united states, ted is one of the nation's premier appellate and u.s. supreme court advocates and he is argued dozens of cases before the court and i might add that both of them have contributed to north carolina victories in the u.s. supreme court and i thank them for that. the national association of attorney general is fortunate to have dan schweitzer is her supreme court counsel. his principle and very important responsibility to assist state appellate litigators who appear before the united states supreme court and he excels at his job. my thanks to all three of you for your time and for your expertise and i will turn it over to you. >> thank you general cooper. it is a pleasure and honor to be here to
-span2, the heads of u.s. central command and special operations speak to a senate hearing on proposed 2012 defense programs and the situation in the middle east and north africa. >> legal issues facing states involving immigration, intellectual property rights, campaign disclosure and implementation of the health care law. the event begins at noon today. you can see it live on our companion network, c-span. >> president obama's fy-12 budget for the department allows us to continue to meet these evolving threats and challenges by prioritizing our essential operational requirements. >> as cabinet secretaries meet with members of congress over their departments' budget request for next year, watch the hearings online at the c-span video library. search, watch, clip and share. it's washington your way. >> now, a senate hearing with the heads of u.s. central command and special operations. some of the issues they discussed included the requirements to impose a no-fly zone over libya, why iran remains the greatest long-term threat in the middle east, the egyptian military, and the state of
to be solving this problem by drilling more in the u.s. and, of course, in essence what people are talking about is they want to drill more in the gulf of mexico. of course there's plenty of opportunity to drill in the gulf of mexico. there are 30 million acres that are already under lease that have not been drilled. there are 7 million acres that are being drilled under lease. but there's an additional 30 million acres in the gulf of mexico under lease. and so there's plenty of opportunity. so there's a lot more opportunity for domestic drilling. but what i want to talk about today is it's this simplified message that if we just drill more domestically -- which we clearly have the capacity to -- that that's going to solve the problem. and that's not the problem, and that's not the reason for why the gas prices are going up like they are. now, i'll grant you that whenever there is an oil-producing region of the world where there is a disruption, then that does have some effect on the price of oil. but what we have seen is an extraordinary spike in just the last couple of months in the price of o
of recordkeeping that stretches back 108 years. this is another view from the u.s. drought monitor of 2002 showing drought conditions. we had big fires break out in 2002. it was the best known because it was 460 some odd acres, the biggest fire in arizona's history. it was two separate fires set by humans and they eventually merged. this is a color enhanced image from space, but just how big the fires how when you look at the landscape. this is one of the 400 houses destroyed. this is the entire map of arizona, and you can see the fire took out a big portion of the high country forests. i just want to talk just a minute about another big effect on our water supply. this is glen canyon dam and any aquatic species in the southwest was in difficult circumstances because of dams like this and all we do to modify the water systems here in the southwest. this is the hump back chub, one of many species in payroll. these two maps show you two different scenarios of what global warm can do to our water supply in terms of precipitation. there's going to be a dramatic decrease in precipitation, and we're tal
public affairs offerings, weekdays live part of the u.s. senate. weekends book tv, 48 hours of the latest nonfiction books. connect with us on twitter, facebook, and youtube and kind up for scheduled alert e-mails. >> general david patraeus said today that he did not think u.s. participation in a no-fly zone over libya would have an impact on assets for fledging -- fighting the war in afghanistan. in remarks at a forum hosted by national journal and the museum general patraeus also reiterated his support for the obama administration's july 2011 date to begin the drawdown of u.s. troops. general patraeus has been and washington to report to the president and congress about the state of the war in afghanistan. his first visit since taking command of the war effort there last summer. this is an hour. >> i want to welcome all of you here. i see that we have all survived st. patrick's day which is very good. probably the first day of the ncaa basketball tournament. my bracket has been shredded. i want to thank the museum for hosting this event and providing the facilities for us here at the na
department of state, maureen shauket, chief acquisition officer u.s. agency for international development. and blalock, u.s. navy council and chairman, and chair, internet, enter agency suspension and debarment committee. and uldric fiore, director office of the judge advocate general, u.s. army. we have asked our witnesses to offer five minutes summaries other testimony. the full text of the written statements will be entered into the hearing record and posted on the commission's website. we also ask that witnesses provide within 15 business days responses to any questions for the record, and any additional information they may offer to provide. on behalf of the commission, we thank all of our witnesses today for participating what we believe will be a very important hearing their so now, if i could i would ask you to rise and we will swear you in as we do all our witnesses. raising the right hands, do solemnly swear or affirm that the testimony will give before this commission will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? know for the record all of our witnes
, and we will do it again. thank you. [applause] >> up next on c-span2, a house hearing looks at u.s. military operations in the pacific region. then former reserve charm alan greenspan discusses the economy. later, federal officials discuss plans to build high speed rail. >> a house subcommittee today looked at u.s. military capability in the pacific region. among the topics, china's rapid modernization and the moving the u.s. marine corp. facilities and operations from the japanese island to guam. witnesses including officials from the pentagon, u.s. officials, and the navy. this is just over an hour and a half. >> good afternoon, and we're calling this meeting of the readiness subcommittee to order. several of my members will be coming in in a few minutes, so just to let the witnesses know, they are in other meetings right now in subcommittees that are overlapping, and also, we expect to have a vote probably at about 2:30, so we may break briefly and go to that vote. we want to welcome our witnesses here. we think this is going to be a crucial hearing for us on our readiness in th
of representatives passing resolution offered by representative kucinich that would call for the removal of all u.s. forces from afghanistan no later than december 31, 2011? and specifically, how do you believe our troops would use such a measure and how deeply the taliban and al qaeda would use such a measure? >> well, to start with the taliban and al qaeda obviously would trumpet this as a victory. as a success. needless to say, it was completely undermined everything that our troopers have fought so much for and sacrificed so much for. ultimately though, this is about power vital national security interests. and as president obama has identified them, foremost among these is in ensuring that al qaeda and other transactional extremists cannot reestablish century such as they had in afghanistan under taliban rule when the 9/11 attacks were planned in afghanistan, the initial training of the attackers was carried out in afghanistan before the attackers moved on to germany and in u.s. flight schools, and then carried out their acts of terror. so needless to say, this would close the door on the very
president, should be designated under u.s. law as a human rights abuser in iran. mr. mashaei's visit will come just four days after the united nations secretary-general released an interim report on human rights in iran. the report states -- quote -- "the human rights situation in iran has been marked by intensified crackdowns on human rights defenders. women's rights activists, journalists and government opponents. concerns about torture, arbitrary detentions and unfair trials continue to be raised by u.n. human rights mechanisms. additionally, they said discrimination persisted against minority groups, and in some cases amounting to persecution. they said a worrying trend is the increased number of cases in which political prisoners are accused of mohavrit. that is, amnity against god, an offense which under their law is punishable by death. at least 22 people charged with the mohavrit have been executed since january, 2010, underthey are man's administration. journalists, bloggers, human rights defenders and lawyers continue to be arrested or subjected to travel bans. blogs and we
worse snow? germany. a big freeze in france. in the u.s., the worst blizzards of the decades. but despite all of that, but despite of all that, their economies grew in the fourth quarter. and while our growth has worsened, theirs have improved. the german economy -- the chancellor -- the chancellor should just calm down just a little bit, mr. deputy speaker. the german economy is forecast to grow more strongly than it was last year. so is the united states. growth in the world economy has been revised up. but which is the major country downgrading its growth forecast, the united kingdom. mr. deputy speaker, it's not the wrong type of snow to blame. it's the wrong type of chancellor. it's the wrong type of chancellor in the wrong type of government with the wrong priorities for britain. mr. deputy speaker, mr. deputy speaker -- >> courtesy should be shown but can i say to everybody, the public also wants to hear what the opposition has got to say. if the cabinet members do not want to listen, then please leave the chair. some people may agree, some may disagree. the opposition
of massachusetts on his personal and professional life, including his election to the u.s. senate to fill the term of the late senator ted kennedy. at 8, richard whitmire examines former washington, d.c. school chance michelle rhee's efforts to reform the school system. on after words, rubin carter talks about the 20 years he spent in prison and his work for the innocence since his 1935 re-- 1985 release. we conclude with mr. west who served as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs durgd reagan administration. he argues that a reliance on counterinsurgency strategies has led the u.s. astray in afghanistan. >> in this time we win, senior editorial writer robbins argues that the tet offense offensive was a failure for the vietnamese. from san diego, this is about an hour. >> thanks, t.j.. good morning, everybody. happy to be here. thanks for inviting me. i'm really delighted. i noted on your web site that it identified me as writing for "the washington post" and not the washington times. i'm not offended. maybe they are. [laughter] slight difference. just wanted to point
know that the u.s. geological survey estimates that within the next 30 years the probability is 94% that an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude or greater will occur in california 94% chance of that. we know inevitably there will be hurricanes, floods and tornadoes coming and we have recognized that a terrorist attack using a weapon of mass destruction in a large city would certainly strain our capability. today i look forward to hearing from our witnesses how well he quipped the united states is for any catastrophic disaster regardless of the cause. what is the level of our preparedness to protect important energy sources? what are we learning from the nuclear accidents in japan and the gulf coast oil spill in the past year? how well are we prepared for a major earthquake in this country? do we have the communication and medical systems necessary to respond to the explosion of a dirty bomb? more than four years ago, congress enacted the post-katrina emergency management reform act which the chairman and i offered that. that bill was designed to take the heart learned lessons of hurricane
things. he still continues as co-chair of the u.s. helsinki commission on human rights and he's asked for opportunity for opening statement participate in history. senator cardin? >> well, chairman durbin and senator graham, thank you for allowing me to participate in this hearing it i appreciate that very much. the right to freely profess the practice of faith or not to practice a faith is a fundamental right in our country. after more than 200 years our first amendment which stands can states that congress should make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. it continues to be the envy of people around the world. even before the first amendment was ratified, the constitution contained a very important provision in article six, section three that requires all federal state officials to swear an oath or affirmation to support the constitution, provide that no religious still ever be required as a qualification to any office of public trust under the united states. in my own state of maryland, the only christians could have full participa
was simply that i did not believe that the president had outlined a vital u.s. american interest in our engagement in libya, that the united states cannot afford to be the police force of the wor world. this week, with the president's address to the nation, i had hoped that i would hear something to change my mind, or, better yet, something that would instill confidence about the president's decision, but unfortunately, this address provided the american people with many more questions than answers. president obama left me wondering why any vital u.s. american interest in libya would justify military action. he said refugees would stream into tunisia and egypt, but we often aid refugees without f-15's. he said we needed to preserve the writ of the united nations security council, but he did not explain why the safety of our men and women in uniform should ever be put at the service of that body. he said that we needed to show dictators across the region that they could not use violence to cling to power. but if president obama's policy fails to get rid of qaddafi, that iqaddafi,that --
the salaries of people who monitor our food supplies, of our air traffic controllers who keep u.s. airspace safe, our customs officials and u.s. marshals who monitor our borders. it includes the cost of all our programs to support education from kindergarten through college, of those who ensure that our social security benefits are paid, and thousands of other activities. we have reduced their funding effectively by 10%. how much more of this $195 billion which accounts for only about 5% of the $3.7 trillion budget? how much more of this spending can we really afford to cut before we are required to lay off food inspectors and shut down our meat plants? how much more can we cut before we have no funds to pay employees who monitor our borders and ports? how much more before we have to cancel the construction of dams and bridges and highways, sewers and transit projects and throw thousands of private-sector workers on the street? madam president, it shouldn't be forgotten that when we force either civil servants or private-sector workers out of their jobs, they both head to the unemployment r
at hand, the gao represently reported that in 2010, the u.s. canadian 4,000-mile border only had 22 miles with an acceptable level of security. nearly $3 million was spent to investigation illegal activity, 6,000 arrests, and 3,000 pounds of illegal drugs seized. the same report the u.s.-mexico border only 873 miles under operational control and 129 miles of that distance, or roughly 15% are classified as controlled. with the remaining 85% as managed, $3 billion was spent to patrol the southwest border in 2010, apprehending, more than 445,000 illegal entries and over 2.4 million pounds of marijuana. today we hope to learn more about current border security effectiveness and what other measures and technologies are needed to help secure our borders and protect those helping to secure them. flir is honored to provide surveillance, chemical, nuclear, and explosive protective twices to -- devices to the department of homeland security and border control. we look forward to hearing what we can do to assist in these endeavors. thank you. >> sorry about my voice this morning. moderators today's
, currently coal, natural gas and petroleum provide the vast majority of the u.s. energy supplies over 80%. you know, our projections over the next 25 years which would assume the continuance of the current law and regulation would see a modest decline in the fuel share as other sources of energy, renewable energy in particular increase. but at least in our outlook for others to be a sycophant change from the current share of fossil energy system something would need to change in the current policy and other market trends we are not currently for seeing. >> the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. >> i thank the witnesses. the members of congress always like to think we can term short-term news stories and to immediate political benefit, and this is no less true with short-term news about gasoline prices, and i guess i would try to draw our attention to other longer-term implications of the news today, which is uprisings in the middle east show how perilous our dependence on petroleum is and the melting nuclear melting in japan shows how perilous our dependence on nuclear power is and
-presidential nominee of a major pearlt, the first in u.s. history. she cracked open that glass ceiling for women seeking higher office. and it was a long time ago, and i just looked at the associated press, mr. president, had a photo of when geri arrived in san francisco to prepare for her speech at the convention. and i was there waiting for her to arrive, a much version of myself, i might say. and i -- i don't remember what i said or did, but this picture tells a story. you know that old sailing, a picture says 1,000 words. this one says "a million words." i've never seen anyone as excited as i appear to be and was in this picture. arms opened wide, body language just incredulous that we had reached this milestone, all the while knowing what a tough, tough, tough time it would be. a tough, tough time it would be for geri, as it is for all women, whether they run for u.s. senate, or they run for governor or they run for vice president. it is a tough road still. and especially all these many years ago, more than 20 years ago. geri was give an very hard time by the press. geri was give an very ha
that detailed what was planned. the u.s. embassy a month before the attack gave a briefing in which they talked about what they thought was coming. if you go through january 1968 which was the month before the attack happened which took place right at the end of january, our forces went on progressively greater states of alert, our decision makers talked about the coming attack. there was a story three days before the attack in "the washington post" saying, talking about the expected spring offensive that was coming. and then, furthermore, the enemy when they finally launched their attack because of miscommunication, some of their guys attacked two days too early, some of the guys attacked the day before they were supposed to attack. the whole country of south vietnam was on alert. how do you get a surprise attack out of that? the point is that the press settled on a storyline. they decided since some of the people in washington were surprised, everybody must have been surprised. they asked the johnson administration if you knew about it in advance, why didn't you tell us? the johnson administr
multiple issues that bring equities in from all kinds of different departments throughout the u.s. government. so you need someone to be able to break through this stovepiping and it can't be a deputy assistant secretary of state who just gets dual hatted to be doing something else besides their regular job which is 20 hours a day anyways with the beeper going off every 30 minutes in the other four hours. you just got to have someone who's full-time job is focused and it's someone with influence, someone that can pick up the phone and say, secretary clinton, it's actually time for you to say or do something now. and someone who can actually move this system, move the needle away from the inertia that just prevades government. this is just where it is. people are well meaning but system is -- it's systemically tilted towards the status quo. to be able to move that needle away from the status quo towards action. that's what you need a special envoy for and we should collectively civil society and the legislative branch press the executive branch to do this as soon as possible. we kn
providers to service providers to application providers and not just in the u.s., but internationally. so we work together, several schools at mit, with industry partners both internationally and domestically to look at various issues confronting the internet. and the idea is to try and think about technologically aware policy and business strategy and business strategy aware technology and sort of try and bridge that gap. >> host: what are you thinking about most these days? >> guest: well, with the internet there's a lot of things to think about. we personally, i spend a lot of time thinking about wireless issues, and i come out of a regulatory economics research background, and so i'm especially interested in all the sort of nontechnical side of, like, policy and business strategy, how that interacts with the internet. so, you know, how do we insure healthy investment climate for the internet, how would we design next generation internet architectures, how might we manage radio spectrum are some of the issues identify been thinking about -- i've been thinking about recently. >> host: when
from equipment providers to service providers to application providers, and not just in the u.s., but internationally. we work together, several schools at mit with industry partners, internationally and domestically on issues confronting the internet and ideas to technology aware business strategy and business strategy aware in technology and bridge that gap. >> what are you thinking about most these days? >> well, with the internet, there's a lot of things to think about. me, personally, i think about wireless issues, and i come out of a regulatory economics research background, so i'm especially interested in all of the sort of nontech any call side of policy and business strategy and how that interarguments with the -- interacts with the internet. how do we ensure healthy internet climate and how do we design architectures and the internet spectrums are what i think about recently. >> we'll get into that in just a min, but when you graduated from your first college, university of pennsylvania, you graduated in the era of flop y disks and dialup modems, what did you see in th
ambassador or u.s. ambassador to nato, you can find him on twitter, and i can assure you, you won't find me on twitter. [laughter] this year, we will be taking missile defense off the drawing board and putting it into action starting with the deployment of radar systems on land and mediterranean. as you know, one the our esbm ships arrived in the mediterranean this month to begin the deployment of the capable ship to support the apaa. our regional defense capabilities will consist of 26 data recenters and 107 data 3 intercepters. poland agreed to support and their support allows the united states to base the bases closer to the iranian threat and provide missile defense in europe. these plans create a synergy and reduce the cost and burdens of a european structure. i want to talk about missile defense cooperation with russia since some think we are holding secret talks and cutting secret deals. nothing could be further from the truth. secretary gates is in russia as we speak. resetting our relationship with russia provided momentum on new developments with a new s.t.a.r.t. treaty, putting i
on the battlefield. those losses have been considerable. u.s. nato and afghan special forces dealt a crushing blow to the mid-level leadership of the taliban and its al qaeda allies. afghan and coalition surge forces are recapturing momentum in key terrain areas such as kandahar and hellmund. afghan security forces are improving in quality faster than planned. afghan local police initiative is empowering communities across the country to provide their own security from the bottom up, but kabul does so from the top down. the cumulative effect is that we are turning around the war in afghanistan, but as general petraeus says and will emphasize this progress remains fragile and reversible. the sustainability of our gains will be tested during the fighting season ahead. we should all be very clear before the fact that violence will go up in the months ahead and we will surely encounter setbacks in some places. we need to be exceedingly cautious about withdrawal of u.s. forces this july as the president has called for. we should be mindful that perhaps the wisest course of action in july may be to rein
security dependence, dependent on its enemies by relying on the saudis to play april u.s. role in the oil market. and endangered our economy but allowing the saudis to buy an ever larger share of our ever more out of federal debt. in addition, the status quo the past 30 years have built a highly effective lobby and the united states, which is as pernicious, effective and corrupting asp ipad, but more quiet and subtle. this lobby employs former u.s. ambassadors, generals, and seniors, senior intelligence officers to argue its case in the white house, the congress, and the media. especially in "the wall street journal." and needless to say, this lobby's work is enthusiastically assisted by our oil and arms making corporations whose concerns have less to do with u.s. security and in making sure they keep their seats on the saudi gravy train. that is come even now hauling away another $60 billion worth of us-made arms. due to these factors, u.s. leaders never tell americans the truth about the conduct, which is that since the 1970s oil boom started an enormous transfer of western wealth to th
there doing some of this work. obviously they're great guys. u.s. military. they really know what they're doing, men and women. they're doing -- just training very few units. that's good. it needs to happen. and i hate to have all of these answers woman caviates and then i don't want it to feel like, well you have to do everything, but really there has to be accompanied by some reformed units that they have to go back. huge, huge problems is soldiers don't get paid. the legacy. destroyed the infrastructure. eaten up all of the money. there's a little bit of that left. not a little bit, a lot, unfortunately. i have visited the battlion camps like tent cities. a little better than the revfeefgy camps in fact they often go and loot and pilliage in those camps. are responsible for 40%. some say of the rapes in the country. where you have a military that's deployed among the population that's feeding off of the population. it's not imaginable to us. this is a horrible i version of that. i think they just took the divisions out of there. that's not practical politically, but what is practica
, and i think a certain amount of confusion about what the potential danger is to the u.s. from the nuclear plant problems in japan, and particularly as the media's been following the last few days and a sense that the possibility of a meltdown at the plant, the explosion, and emission of a large amount of radioactivity and people are concerned about the west coast of the u.s., particularly hawaii, guam, and other islands may be subject to some danger, and i wonder if you have a current sense of what that possibility is? >> i'll refer back to the statement made by the chairman of nuclear regulatory commission in looking at all the scenarios, they do not see radiation reaching the u.s. that it would be of a danger or require protective angsts, but anticipation of this, fema support with the department of energy have a system called rad net. it's been there and 24 hours a day, seven days a week monitors various channels, air, water, other types of things across the country, and so if we were to detect anything, we may detect things well below any levels that require action. we did
. but what if we offer the salvage in the state and the u.s. agencies and you said that's one of you would not be advocating. what are the other three that you would not be advocating? >> the four where on understand your intent and agree with it but what will get a different way of approaching implementation are the numbers nine, 21, 24 and 25. and let me say something. he wanted to know what's in my head? >> yes. >> sounds like the omission of services in the qtr was an omission. that's what's in my head. it should have been in there. you want to know what is in my head about the services ignoring services, what's in my head as i mentioned it about five times, said it was half spent and the part of the better better buying power that i think has the greatest promise, the greatest opportunity for better value. >> would you speak to number 21, aligned past performance assessment contractor proposals? that's one that you're not -- by the way, we appreciate that there's only four. [laughter] but we need to know because we need to know one, whether we need to rethink it, which is, or whether
in the president's 129,000,002,012 budget for the u.s. the board of transportation designed as a first installment of the bold six year 556 billion reauthorization proposal the lowest relative level of domestic spending since president eisenhower was in office six decades ago. that was ten administrations ago. the simple fact is we have to cut and consolidate things that aren't growing the economy or making easier, making it easier to do business in order to pay for the things that are so the department of transportation, president obama's budget slashes red tape and consolidates more than 50 programs and includes reforms that will accelerate project delivery and in power local communities. of course our major of objective is to make investments and to mauro that expand economic opportunities today. to dream big and build big hit on the cover of the budget, there is a picture of a bridge that crosses the hoover dam, connect nevada and arizona. seven years ago or more people began planning for this bridge. and if it weren't for the big thinkers and the big builders of generations ago, we wouldn't h
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